Shetland's essential boat trip
Thanks to all our customers this season in what was our first year running the ferry service to Mousa. We have met so many interesting people from all over the world. It's been such a pleasure introducing many of you to Mousa and the 2000 plus year old Ironage broch for the first time and meeting others who make the trip as often as they can.
Our amazing storm petrel trips at dusk where you can experience the simmer dim at it's best, watch the return of the petrels from their feeding grounds and as they greet their partners, listen to the incredible churring noise of their call fill the air.

Our one hour Mousa sound cruises were also very popular starting at the Stevenson pier at Sandsayre and heading down towards the Burland broch then across the sound and down the West side of Mousa hearing local history all the way before returning to Sandsayre.

Then there was our charters to Noss where so much wonderful footage was obtained of the gannet colony and their feeding frenzy, the artic skuas, black guillemots, artic terns, oyster catchers, fulmars and many more, as well as viewing spectacular cliff sceneary.

We will be available for some other charter work until mid October.

We are now taking charter bookings for our 2018 season. Please e-mail us with your requirements.

The journey begins at the historic Sandsayre pier, where the old boatshed, complete with a former ‘flit’ boat, has been developed into a fascinating interpretive centre to provide an insight into the life and times of the local area. Sail over to Mousa for a fascinating and memorable trip on the island - most famously the Mousa Broch, but the island is a RSPB Nature Reserve and home to many breeding wildlife, colonies of seals and birds - there is so much to see and do on Mousa Island.

This trip operates daily (except Saturday) from April to end-September and booking is not required for the daily Mousa Island Trip. Sailings are all dependent on weather, and the season could close early because of weather conditions.

Please don’t leave your trip to the last day of your visit to Shetland though, as all sailings are weather dependant. You can check your sailing is operating two hours before departure by checking the Sailing Information Updates on this website. All sailings depart from Sandsayre pier, Sandwick unless otherwise advised.

Timetable and Fares

Daytime Sailing timetable
Operates from April to end-September
Monday, Tuesday, ThursdayDepart 11:30hrsReturn 14:30hrs
Wednesday, FridayDepart 11:30hrsReturn 14:30hrs
SundayDepart 13:30hrsReturn 16:30hrs
SaturdayNo Day Time Sailing
Daytime Sailing fares
Adult£16.00
Children (5-16 years)£7.00

Payment is made in Sandwick before departure to Mousa. Please note we are sorry but we don’t take card payments.

Other Mousa Trips

Besides the scheduled day-time crossing and Storm Petrel dusk trips, we operate short cruises during the summer months around the local waters. These trips, lasting approximately one hour give the visitor an opportunity to experience the nature and history of the area, as well as splendid views of the famous broch. A cruise may be of interest to less able visitors as well as those who simply want to enjoy a relaxing and informative excursion. For announcement of the cruises please check our Sailing Information Updates near the top of the page.